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Update: UK military denies iPod ban

“The pocket-sized digital music player, which can store thousands of songs, is one of a series of banned gadgets that the military will no longer allow into most sections of its headquarters in the UK and abroad.

Devices with large storage capabilities—most notably those with a Universal Serial Bus (or USB) plug used to connect to a computer—have been treated with greater suspicion of late by government agencies and corporations alike.”

Update: The British Ministry of Defense has denied to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) that the military has imposed an outright ban on iPods or portable storage devices in general. A spokesman clarified that only specific secure areas are or will be deemed off-limits to such devices, and that the iPod was not specifically targeted by the government.

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What about key chain drives?  They’re getting larger in capacity and are much more concealable.

Posted by Obadiah in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 10:22 AM (CDT)


most ppl would probobly think it sucks as an idea,but, the UK military has ther reasons. not something good for the soldiers :(

Posted by THE bomb in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 10:56 AM (CDT)


it’s a good idea- maybe they can keep them in a special clear holding locker or something, but not inside the base.

Posted by g in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 11:01 AM (CDT)


You can’t deny that they deny denying the use of iPods. I deny anyone who denies that.

PS how about just disabling the use of external drives on sensitive machines? Lock it in a cabinet if nothing else—probably a good idea anyway! (Someone will come along and clip the mouse cord and splice in a drive though… better have software protection too.)

Posted by Nagromme in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 12:47 PM (CDT)


It must be a slow news day for the media to spin such a story like this.

This made the front page of CNN….boo….

Posted by AMG in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 1:20 PM (CDT)


It’s the military…they can ban whatever they want.  It’s just like banning the use of cellular phones that have photographic capabilities.  Doesn’t that make sense though?  It does to me…but I use my mini every day at work!  BTW, I’m in the US Air Force.

Posted by Asian_N02 in Irvine, CA on July 13, 2004 at 2:51 PM (CDT)


Sam denies caring.

Posted by Sam in Irvine, CA on July 14, 2004 at 2:30 PM (CDT)


Yeah slow news day me thinks! Which government wouldn’t want to stop people walking away with vital security informantion…

Posted by wobble in Irvine, CA on July 14, 2004 at 3:55 PM (CDT)


I’m to tired to write… Please rearrange the letters in your own mind….

Posted by wobble in Irvine, CA on July 14, 2004 at 3:57 PM (CDT)


This is almost as stupid as the US aemy banning cans of coke because they might contain a GPS and a cell phone

Posted by Brad in Irvine, CA on July 14, 2004 at 8:16 PM (CDT)


The Beeb, again.  Sheesh! They still have a credibility problem even without Gilligan!

Posted by Obadiah in Irvine, CA on July 15, 2004 at 10:59 AM (CDT)


It’s the ‘Minsitry Of Defence’. not Defense.

Why?  because that’s how we Brits spell it.

Posted by Mr Pedant in Irvine, CA on July 16, 2004 at 8:19 AM (CDT)


Isn’t that because the language was called ‘English’, I wonder why they would call a language that?  After all there’s a country called something similar ;)

Posted by UKBloke in Irvine, CA on July 31, 2004 at 12:55 AM (CDT)

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